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The Bungalow

The Bungalow
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Cost
R120
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Views
Food
Mediterranean, Seafood, South African, Sushi
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Sue-Ann Allen

Food
Bungalow offers a straightforward and approachable menu with various seafood and meat items on offer. There is a range of salads and burgers available, which are perfect for long lazy lunches next to the sea, as well as a variety of sushi items that can be enjoyed. If going for the full dinner experience, for starters, the mussels, prepared in a creamy lemon, garlic and thyme sauce is a great choice, as is the steak tartare, which is excellently prepared. For something light and fresh, the Burrata with artichokes, olives and fresh basil is a beautiful dish made to serve two. When moving onto the main affair, the seafood platter (their signature dish) is a must, especially once you take into account the ocean view setting. It consists of crayfish tails, prawns, langoustines, calamari and line fish, along with accompanying sauces. Those with smaller appetites might consider the grilled kingklip or seared tuna with an Italian gremolata. As meaty fare goes, the sirloin prepared Madagascar style comes highly recommended, with the meat being tender and cooked to perfection. Meat lovers will also find a beef fillet and steak Florentine on the menu. Dessert includes old-school favourites like Eton mess, crème brûlée, brownies and sundaes.

Drinks
A wide range of cocktails can be enjoyed, as well as a comprehensive list of French champagnes and some local MCC’s. The wine list showcases many local varietals but does not come in cheap. There are also cognacs and brandies, as well as many malts and dessert wines.

Service
Expect a typical laid back Capetonian approach to service, but it’s friendly nonetheless.

Ambience
The location on the Atlantic seaboard means endless ocean views and perfect sunsets to be enjoyed from the large outside seating area, but the inside is lovely too. Tastefully decorated with beautiful chandeliers and some booth type seating, the space is warm and inviting. The large fireplace, which can be enjoyed in winter, makes this a place for all seasons.

And…
If it’s a hot summer day and you don’t mind showing some skin, bring your swimming attire, as there is a large outside Jacuzzi for patrons to enjoy.

(August 2015)

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  • Food
    During the day generously sized sandwiches with crayfish, chicken mayo or steak fillings are just the thing to comfort hunger pangs. Try the excellent steak tartare, crab tempura, and maybe some sushi. For mains, go for grilled calamari, prawns and langoustines – after all, you’re right at the sea. Carnivores will love the burgers and fillet steak. Desserts include a rich Bungalow sundae with Bar One sauce, banana, and caramelised almond brittle.

    Wine
    The extensive list has some big mark-ups and some serious French Champagne.

    Service
    Friendly and relaxed in the Camps Bay manner.

    Ambience
    Ambience The old La Med has been brought bang up to date with a fabulous makeover. This is one of the best locations for taking in the spectacular view of the 12 Apostles and, of course, the sea that stretches from horizon to horizon. Inside all is glitz and glamour with chandeliers and reclining areas for those who like to eat that way.

    And...
    Relax at the bar with one of their inventive cocktails. (GL, October 2012)

User reviews

  • There is a reason why I NEVER go to this place and NEVER recommend it - several reasons. When friends from the UK said they had booked dinner there I swallowed my admonishment and joined them reluctantly. Well, as expected the service and food was absolutely shocking. As a regular foodie based in Cape Town, I resent that this place calls themselves a restaurant. The location means they can lure unexpecting tourists, charge EXORBITANT prices, and get away with sub-standard food and services that is an unacceptable example for our hospitable country. Read and take note: - they do not serve their burgers after 7pm at an attempt for you to spend your money on overly priced 'main meals' - they were out of starter prawns (which I had researched were the only worthy starter to order) - the starter Caprese salad was minuscule at R190 - disgusting fraud! - As other reviews attest, the calamari was underwhelming and covered in cajun spice - The sushi was pathetically made, had no taste or texture (despite asking for the crunchy prawn version) and was definitely not made to order/fresh (despite the presence of the sushi chefs at the bar behind us) - The fries were cold, the chicken breast pallid and unappetizing, the steaks were palatable at most. - The service was slow and haphazard - the dishes came out at whim, whilst others waited for their cocktails, cutlery was missing, waiters at no time asked how our drinks were or if we needed more, and the manager was rude at my complaint by trying to make a scene infront of my table guests when I asked specifically that he don't. PLEASE read the reviews, don't be lured by the location - it DOES NOT justify the abysmal and shocking excuse for South African food and service. The Bungalow is a prime spot with soooo much potential - there must be someone who can turn this place around and into a gem??!!
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  • Went there last week for lunch. View and location are great, waiters are friendly. I had the Tuna burger and ended up with seafood poisoning. For this to happen at an establishment like The Bungalow is pathetic. Go there for the drinks and the view but stay away from the food.
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  • It iz very sad that a venue that has one of the most beautiful views in the Cape is so outrageousely overpriced How do you judtify the cost of Castle Light R42 and a very average glass of white wine R80....and thos is still cheap compared to the rest of the prices on both wine and food menu. The 5 star hotels are less ecpensive.
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  • I recently joint a corporate function at the Bungalow in Clifton. I was in shock with the food and service we received. I rate this “Upmarket Restaurant” worse than your average family restaurant on a bad day. On our arrival we had to pay a R25 parking fee which was not mentioned when the booking was made and our reservation was not ready to sit down. We waited between 25 to 55 minutes for a drink to arrive continuously reminding the waiters that we are still waiting for our drinks, this was the norm for the entire evening. I had a Carpaccio which I must agree was very tasty but the portion was as small as a saucer in a plate as big as a car wheel. This is where the good ends. I asked the waiter for a beef fillet medium rear, you will never guess his answer “Sir we are making all the fillets medium tonight because we are busy” After a brief explanation of what he can do with his fillet when he brings it medium, I did get a medium/rare steak and the people ordering fish got theirs’s served rare????? My 11 year old son can cook a better 100g steak in our back yard. Yes 100g steak with a plate full of chips with not even a small piece of garnish of some sort. Dessert was a Chocolate brownie not bigger than the old R1 coin with one scoop of ice cream. I do understand profit and overheads and all the bills that a restaurant owner deals with but charging R450 for the above is plain unethical. A waiter came to remove my glass from the table while it was still half, luckily my wife noticed and went after him but was to slow before he disappeared behind the kitchen doors. She asked the manager if he could go and get it and he very rudely responded that he will just get a new one. She asked that we don’t want a new one (waiting for 25 to 55 minutes) he just responded (rudely again) he will get a new one. I very patiently watched my glass standing on the bar counter for 32 minutes next to waiters SITTING flat on their bums on the counter right next to where my drink was standing. That was it for me, this place will never see me again. Will I advise anybody to go there? NO, NO, NO, HELL NO. Owner/management I would suggest you spice up your food or service, else I cannot see you lasting much longer that the holiday rush.
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  • I went to the Bungalow for the first time to celebrate my birthday. I was greatly disappointed to find various issues: Upon arrival, I was required to pay R25 for parking because it was peak time. When I phoned a few days before the event to confirm my booking, I was not notified that the outside seating area was open and available on the night of my birthday, thus was not offered an outside table. Our table was placed in an empty restaurant, while the rest of the customers were sitting outside enjoying the sunset. On the night, I had asked the maitre d’ to move us to the outside area, only to be treated as if I was more of a hassle than a customer who was celebrating her birthday, and was only later offered an outside table, but by that time my family had already set up our table and were comfortable. As the night progressed, we were faced with bad service such as receiving Tuna instead of Kingklip and Kob, the beef fillet was not cooked as requested and the sirloin undersized. The sides received were also incorrect and the food and drinks overpriced. Despite such a terrible experience, the food was tasty and the manager did try to make up for it by offering the table free shots, but was unfortunately let down by his staff. There was also no acknowledgement by staff that I was celebrating my birthday and before we complained, not once did the waiters or manager check up on us. After this experience, I would not recommend going to the Bungalow. It really disappointed me and my family; and unfortunately I cannot redo this milestone of an event.
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  • Probably one of the worst places to spend your money. The service is terrible, management do not care about you and they are not scared to blatantly rip you off on every single item you order. This place relies on location to survive. If you are willing to spend a large sum of money for far below average food and service, then please go ahead. I definitely will not be stepping foot at this place ever again. Rather spend your money at a nice restaurant on the Camps Bay strip, stay away from this place.
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  • The only good thing about this place is the view!! Once again the service was terrible the food very average and grossly over priced.
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  • This is the first time we actuall reserved a booking at the bungalow and so my expectations were high. The previous times we settled for whatever available seating there was and stuck to a meal of oysters and cocktails. We were requested to forfeit half our table when some of the guests had not arrived on time (despite having booked in advance and confirming that we will have meals and use all the seating). Then we were told that certain items on the menu were not available after certain times of the day only to later see it being served by other waiters. Our waiter never bothered to check up on us and we constantly had to try and get his attention to order. Some of the guests desserts arrived late and had to be ordered a second time because it was not placed with the original order. The experience was overall very disappointing and I felt especially sad for the birthday girl whose birthday we were meant to be celebrating as it was her first impression of the restaurant. I would certainly not be going there any time soon.
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  • Wow what a view, but what a terrible stuck up, we only cater for overseas visitors with dollars/Euro venue! Urgh service sucked! My salad was ridiculously expensive and no idea what on earth made it that expensive, had an egg and a few pieces of avo. Terrible experience, will never go back
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  • Overpriced - for what you receive. I have had better food for less than half the price! Dirty cutlery... A no go! We read good reviews and were so disappointed.
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  • Went three times to the Bungalow. Was worse each time! Food below average. Non-existent management. A rip-off just for the show off! There are so many good restaurants that serve good food and have professional waiters. Will certainely not go back.

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  • I have been trying to phone the Bungalow for about a week, 021 438 2018, but no-one answers the phone. I would like to book a table for 6 for 1pm on 3 March.

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  • 4 meals 4 disappointments.
    Such a great location, it would be fantastic to have a decent menu and good quality food. The menu is so generic and even then its poorly executed. If you want repeat local business it needs to pick up substantially.

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  • Had a group eat and enjoy cocktails at Bungalow. The cocktails were reasonable in terms of price and fantastic. But, the food is below average. Prices are really high - ie R120 for prawn pasta - prawns were dry and they literally slapped on tomato sauce. Most people at the table were taken aback at the sub-standard of their food.

    Will go there for sundowners and cocktails but not food. Service was good.

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  • You recently changed your menu to stop serving burgers after 6pm. It was one of the few things you do well. You provided several nonsensical reasons for stopping burgers at 6pm. Bottom line is you want to capitalise on the tourists.

    I ordered a fish and chips at R120 - it should be pretty good quality. It looked great but it was so raw it was practically still living. You should defrost you frozen fish before you deep fry it! Or use fresh unfrozen fish like you should be for that price.

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  • The seafood would be the better choice to go for.
    Since I am not a seafood eater, I opted for the meat, specifically the Tagliata, which is a dish that I enjoy immensely, yet at The Bungalow it was bland, the meat was almost white in colour and near ice cold, on appearance alone. I was put off but sent it back once tasted, I then asked for a replacement of lamb chops where I experienced the same off putting bland room temperature meat, not done to my requirements.
    I will not exclude Bungalow from my frequent "hangouts", I simply will not eat there again!

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  • A great improvement from the old tacky La Med. Love this new spot and really sorry that I waited this long to pay them a visit. Summer will be rocking - no doubt! Well done Team Bungalow!

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  • We visisted the Bungalow restaurant a couple of weeks ago on my recomendation after reading of the restaurant on Eat Out. On arrival the waiter took our drinks order and from there it was a terrrible experience. The waiter returned with a wrong order a couple of times. When they took our starter order we decided on sushi and salads. Everyone's food arrived except mine which the waiter forgot to place an order because he did not use a note pad. Out mains arrived a few minutes after we got our starters, my starter arrived after my main course. In general the food was average at best, my salmon was completely overcooked. Service was slow and not interested in our group. We had to remind the waiter of orders and follow-up. I am so disappointed that I will not be returning. The feeling you get visiting this resturant is that they only care about keeping as much as possible for a first time customer as they know customers will most probability not return.

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  • What an evening. We were 4 and after ordering 5 different meals (all of which were not available), we got very mediocre, very expensive food that was not worth the wait. Very disappointing.

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  • @ Lyn Hansby. Good day Lyn. We would very much like to get in touch with you to discuss your disappointing experience at The Bungalow Restaurant.
    Please will you get in touch with me so we can rectify the problem. You can contact me on marketing@pepenero.co.za. I look forward to hearing from you. Regards, Monqiue

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  • I had dinner with friend at The Bungalow on Friday 9th March. The venue is beautiful but the food and service were disgustng. We waitied for half an hour for our drinks orders to come out. Food had to be sent back as the steaks were overcooked, food needed to be reheated. I did notice that tables around us were sending food back as well and apparently the chef had decided to take a break (according to management). Extremely disappointed with the overall experience.

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  • Good Day Mr. Jansen, please will you get in touch with me so I can discuss exactly what happened at dinner last night. We truely value our customers' feedback and wish to rectify the matter as a matter of urgency. My email addres is marketing@pepenero.co.za. I look forward to hearing from you. Regards, Monique Schwartz

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  • We are from Europe and have been praying for years to have a beach club with the looks of The Bungalow. This club could be in Ibiza. But such a pity they can only copy the shell. Service and food are worse than at Mc Donalds. Certain people don't mind paying but they do want something in return. Not this nice looking kindergarden. Hope they will sell it to someone with knowledge of the industry.

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  • Bungalow is everything La Med should have been, and I had a fantastic evening there on 18 Feb. We were warmly greeted on arrival and our table was ready almost immediately. The staff are more personable than average, and we had a good dialogue with our waitron. However we saw less of him as the evening wore on, so get there earlier rather.
    To say the food was good would do no justice to the exquisite piece of line fish I was served. For the night that was Kabeljou, and I've hardly ever had better. Starters and dessert were equally impressive, and the gorgeous sunset and ambience just added to the evening.
    I would not say that Bungalow is particularly expensive as a restaurant though, not when considering the quality of the experience. But it would be very easy to get carried away there.
    Also, very interesting to read the comments about the parking and how Glen Country Club is cashing in on Bungalow's location. I didn't mind the R25 charge, but when I had to drive around the parking area four times to eventually squeeze into a spot near the bushes, it put a phenomenally bad spin on the beginning of the evening. All I can say is that I'm glad Bungalow was as fantastic as it was, else my review would have been very different.

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  • Went for lunch on Saturday for quite the most exquisite meal coupled with superb service!

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  • This is just my experience, don't let me get started on my friends who were with me and what happened to them.

    Arrived there last Sunday at 3pm. First of all need to pay R25 parking - surely that should be subsidised by the restaurant? Bungalow is probably one of the most beautiful restaurants in Cape Town - stunning views, great decor and the perfect summer spot. The down side, the service, and when I say down it can't get worse.

    Ordered my first drink at 3pm - arrived 3,45, ordered my second drink when my first drink arrived, arrived 5 minutes later.

    Ordered a chicken burger (R80), half an hour later the waiter comes back because they do not have burgers anymore - then he offers me an alternative on the menu for a R150 - doesn't make sense? Opted to go for a calamari and chips - arrived an hour later. Asked for tomato sauce - never arrived. As my food arrived I asked for the credit card machine to pay my portion of the bill. During the next 45 minutes I asked another 4 times for the credit card machine. Bungalow would have made a lot more money off of me if they could actually sharpen up their service and not leave me waiting such long periods for drinks. I am not the first person to complain and I have heard only bad reviews from friends.

    It is going to be a long cold winter for Bungalow.

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  • We went for drinks for my birthday on 8 Jan at Bungalow. We booked a table for drinks only - and very impressively our table was ready and waiting for us. We had a fantastic waiter - yes the place was busy - but he was attentive and amazingly friendly. We ended up eating and, yes, it was pricey, however well worth it - great setting and the fish and chips for R100 was actually extremely delicious. It was beautifully presented on a wooden board - and beautifully done in little pieces with a lovely little pile of chips next to it. I loved the entire experience. The most important thing is to make sure you put a booking in place before you come. The parking is however a turn off - R25 is exorbitant - can anyone explain why this is so expensive?

    Regardless - this will definitely be my new favourite spot for summer!

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  • Bungalow in Clifton is just what Cape Town needs - cool, chilled out, all day hang out with a boho chic twist. After a fantastic launch party this new beach club is quickly establishing itself as the new place to be at for long lunches, sundowners and cozy evenings with friends. It is worth going here just for the beautiful setting with views of the sea and the the Twelve Apostles mountains. But I can assure you that the food is great too! Yummy salads and sushi, high quality beef fillet and sirloin (cooked the way you want it), nice platters of cold cuts to share, excellent beef or chicken burgers. Line fish is a generous piece of well grilled fish. The chips are top notch. Desserts look good, haven't had any room left for that, yet. The venue itself is totally cool with the bar in the middle, a generous inside lounge area, nice deck and if you want - a pool to stand in while sipping a mojito. Love the crowd and atmosphere!

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Specials

Choose one of the special winter dishes like lamb curry or mussels in a creamy white wine sauce. Or opt for the set menu option, where two courses cost R220 and three cost R260. The set menu includes starters like a soup of the day or grilled calamari with tartare sauce, and mains such as classic fish and chips or fillet pasta. For a sweet ending, choose between malva pudding and vanilla panna cotta.

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Cocktails
  • Fireplace
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Live entertainment
  • Parking
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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